Robin Michals | COMD 1340 Photography 1

Author: Libby Delarosa

Final Project Statement

The theme of my project is people and their instruments; music. My life has been and continues to be surrounded by music and every time I play with my band it is such an amazing feeling. The sounds, the looks, the vibes, the moment altogether it is a source of happiness. That is what I want to capture and show, I want the viewer to see the emotions and the moments between a person and their instrument. This theme is perfect as I have people I can work with and am comfortable with to photograph. I have a sister who is talented in many instruments and has these instruments so I hope to photograph her and I can gather my bandmates for a session to be able to capture them with their instruments and be able to experiment all types of shots, angles, etc. Through the city there are always performers/musicians out and about whether it is in the streets, subways, tunnels, parks. You can find them just by listening, which is the best part. I will also be walking around either before or after my classes taking advantage that I take the train and use my free day to capture different moments throughout the day. Music is man’s greatest creation in my opinion, and such people are gifted with it, it is amazing how easily it can bring people together which I hope to capture as well dancers, smiles, spectators/onlookers, it should be more centered around people and their gifts, with music being the center of it all. For techniques I hope to use close ups, filling the frame, medium shots, freezing and blurring motions and different angles like worm view, with the instrument being the subject and the person being blurred in the background or being far away.

HW1- Composition

Unnamed, taken by Suzanne Stein

Through her many categories, I found a photograph in her collection under New York Street Two that really caught my attention. In this photograph it is a close up of a small bird being carried in the hands of a man. His hands, although dirty, are gentle with the bird as it is laid across one hand and the with other his fingers lightly hold the bird’s feet. Interestingly, I cannot tell if the bird is alive, by the way it is laid and his eyes, although open, look empty and lifeless I may even be inclined to say it may be dead. Two words came to mind when looking upon this photograph which are compassion and empathy. I believe the photographer was trying to show this through this photograph. The way this bird is held so gently with an open palm, not being squeezed or shown to be held roughly but with a touch of kindness. The man’s hand has rings and bracelets; with one having the word LOVE on it. The purpose of this image shows living beings being treated with care and respect. Understanding and showing compassion no matter who you may be or who the other may be. In this case a small bird. This photograph, although beautifully captured, I can’t help but feel like there is a bit of sadness to it.

This photo is a good example of using the compositional principle, fill the frame. The way the image is a close up of the small bird in the big hands of a man it is all we see. That is the main focus and it is so close you can see the different patterns on its feathers, the dirt on the man’s hands, his ring and bracelet all great with details. Stein also managed to use figure to ground, the bright colors of the man’s hands and the bird, contrasting against the man’s dark clothing. This is why this image is very eye catching, you notice more the bird and hands because of the background. Without the man’s face to give us an expression we can sense emotion through his body language, and this man’s hands are expressing enough to show his care of this small bird.

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